Posted By RichC on January 13, 2011
As mentioned the other day, the 2012 Volkswagen Passat will be built on a new platform in Chattanooga, Tennessee and be available with the very efficient and desirable TDI diesel engine. According to what I’ve read on other blogs, the published fuel economy will be 43 mpg on the highway and will be offered with the DSG transmission as an option – hinting that we might get a manual stock [or maybe not, see EDIT below]?
Additionally, VW notes that the DSG transmission is optional, which suggests to us that the 2012 Passat TDI would be available with the same 6-speed manual transmission available on the Jetta. If the Passat TDI does return with a manual transmission option it will be the first time in 14 years since a diesel and a stick were available together in the US market – 1997 was the last year of the B4 Passat TDI.
A Quick Review of the 2.0 Passat TDI Specs as they currently stand:
- Common Rail, Direct Injection
- 236 lbs/ft torque
- 140 horsepower
- 43 Highway MPG
- 18.1 Gallon Fuel Tank
EDIT: Saw this on Friday 1/14/2011 and began rethinking … maybe Passat will not be offered with a diesel here in the US right away?
Drivetrain: 170-hp, 2.5-liter five-cylinder with five-speed manual or six-speed automatic; 140-hp, 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder with six-speed DSG making 236 lbs.-ft. of torque; 280-hp, 3.6-liter V-6 with six-speed DSG